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Gibson Nitrous Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar  

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The legacy continues with exciting color and inspiring tone.

Gibson USA’s Studio line has proved a popular platform for high-performance Les Pauls with no-nonsense esthetics and player’s-grade features ever since it first hit the scene back in 1983. Now the new Nitrous Les Paul Studio combines some of the hottest looks ever with impressive sonic versatility that is firmly rooted in that fat, rich Les Paul tone.

While maintaining the appealing “stripped down” ethos at the heart of the Les Paul Studio, the Nitrous adds a truly stunning new range of muscle car colors to a totally reconfigured weight-relief technique that genuinely enhances resonance and sustain while creating an appealingly light guitar, and tops the package off with versatile push-pull coil-tapping for two of Gibson’s most popular humbucking pickups. Ice the cake with Gibson USA’s legendary craftsmanship and superb playability, and you’ve got one of the most impressive bang-for-the-buck electric guitars available today.

The Nitrous Les Paul Studio begins with the tonewood building blocks of a carved maple top and genuine mahogany body, two of the ingredients that have helped to make the Les Paul a legendary tone machine since 1952. To optimize resonance and sustain while producing the most comfortable playing experience possible, Gibson USA routes the mahogany body in a modern “webbed” weight relief pattern, the same used on the 2012 Les Paul Standard, for a lighter guitar that still sings like a vintage Les Paul, while maintaining excellent resistance to feedback.

A glued-in mahogany neck is carved to the popular slim, fast early ’60s profile that measures .800” at the 1st fret and .875” at the 12th. Its unbound fingerboard is made from a single piece of rich, brown Granadillo, a prized Central American hardwood that offers the desirable sonic and visual characteristics of rosewood. This gorgeous wood provides a durable and sultry feeling bed for the 22 medium-jumbo frets, while maintaining a traditional look and playing experience. A delicate shade on the perimeter of each color enhances the curves and gives a slight burst to all of the colors.

Power, presence, and sonic versatility are ensured by loading the Nitrous Les Paul Studio Nitrous with a pair of Gibson USA's most popular humbucking pickups from the "Modern Classics" series, with four-conductor wiring for independent coil splitting of each via their push-pull volume knobs. The 490R humbucker in the neck position is wound to vintage PAF specs and made with an Alnico II magnet for smooth, rich, creamy tones. The 498T in the bridge is wound hotter and made with an Alnico V magnet for greater punch and presence, giving you everything from meaty crunch tones to wailing leads.

Pop up the coil-splitting for either or both pickups to access authentic frequency tuned single-coil tones, which still retain excellent hum rejection in the middle switch position thanks to the reverse-wound/reverse-polarity neck pickup. Add Gibson's legendary Tune-o-matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece pairing for excellent sustain and precise intonation adjustment, and it's one of the best performance packages available for the money today.

Each guitar comes protected in a black Gibson hardshell case with a full owner's manual and adjustment literature.

FEATURES
  • Solid Mahogany body with Maple top
  • Mahogany neck with '60s SlimTaper™ profile
  • Powerful 490R neck pickup and 498T bridge pickup
  • Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Grover™ kidney tuners with 14:1 ratio

Grab the color of your fancy and get ready for some vivid good times. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Nitrous Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar

  • Body
  • Top: Maple
  • Back: Mahogany
  • Body Type: Modern Weight Relief
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
  • Neck
  • Species: Mahogany
  • Profile: Slim 60's
  • Joint Angle: 5° (+/- 15 seconds)
  • Truss Rod: Traditional Adjustable
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
  • Neck Fit
  • Joint: Mortise & Tenon
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005"
  • Fingerboard
  • Species: Granadillo
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Nut/E.O.B: 1.695 / 2.260
  • Inlays: Figured Acrylic Trapezoid
  • Nut
  • Material: Corian
  • Width: 1.695
  • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
  • Headstock
  • Logo: Gold Gibson Logo with Scripted "Les Paul Model" Silkscreen
  • Truss Rod Cover: Black and White Antique Bell with "Studio" Engraved
  • Tuners
  • Model: Grover™ Tuners
  • Plating: Chrome
  • Tuning Ratio: 14.01
  • Bridge
  • Type: Tune-o-matic
  • Material: Zamak
  • Plating: Chrome
  • Tailpiece
  • Type: Stop Bar
  • Material: Zamak
  • Plating: Chrome
  • Hardware
  • Knobs: Black Speed Knobs
  • Pickup Mounting Rings: Black Plastic
  • Control Plate Cover: Black Plastic
  • Strings: .010 - .046, Genuine Gibson strings
  • Strap Buttons: Aluminum
  • Pickups
  • Neck Position: 490R (Alnico II)
  • Bridge Position: 498T (Alnico V)
  • Coil Wiring: Machine Wound
  • Electronics
  • Potentiometers: 2 Push/Pull Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
  • Type: 500k Linear Volume, 500k Non-linear Tone
  • Toggle Switch: Three-way Toggle with Black Plastic Tip
  • Output Jack: 1/4" Mono
  • Finish
  • Sealer: Ntrocellulose Lacquer
  • Process: 1-1.5 mils
  • Case
  • Type: Les Paul Hardshell
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GibsonNitrous Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (17)
  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good feel (16)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (11)
    • Practicing (11)
    • Recording (10)
    • Small venues (8)
    • Rock concerts (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Les Paul through and through

    I purchased the Electric Lime and the overall appearance is great, no finish problems what-so-ever. Gibson has definitely upped their game with their 2012 models, the truss rod cover says Studio but this...Read complete review

    I purchased the Electric Lime and the overall appearance is great, no finish problems what-so-ever. Gibson has definitely upped their game with their 2012 models, the truss rod cover says Studio but this in no way feels like a lesser version of a Standard or Traditional. My only nitpick is I wish the knobs were more flush with the body and a little less stiff, other than that I can't find a single thing I don't like about this guitar. Before this guitar I was 100% a PRS man, but now Gibson has definitely earned my respect.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Terrible!

    This Les Paul represents the epitome of what has happened to Gibson over the past two decades. Terrible selection of tone woods, paint blemishes, horrid factory set-up, improperly filed frets,...Read complete review

    This Les Paul represents the epitome of what has happened to Gibson over the past two decades. Terrible selection of tone woods, paint blemishes, horrid factory set-up, improperly filed frets, etc.

    I purchased this with high hopes, but I was kidding myself. This guitar doesn't even come close in quality, playability and tone to my ESP Eclipse, or Hagstrom Ultraswede. Aside from several factory paint blemishes (runs in the paint), The action was so high that even after a truss adjustment I couldn't get it near where my other guitars are. The guitar resonated poorly, the frets hung over the edges of the fretboad (the wood on the fretboard is horrid). I could go on....but why?

    Save yourself the headache and look elsewhere.

    Reviewed by 18 customers

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    5.0

    it sounds great and looks funny!

    By pioneersofdisaster

    from planet earth

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson Nitrous Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

      this is an addition, you know right up to the return date I toyed with different les paul types and they ALL fell short. I tried everything and they either had bad fret jobs,horrible sound or were just plain junk. its just all around a great sounding and playing guit. so it looks funny,,,big deal. gibson as long as they concentrate on whats important in the long run, they will still come out ahead!

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      5.0

      Nitrous Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar

      By Delmeteor

      from NY

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Love This Axe
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson Nitrous Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

      This axe is as hot sounding as it is looking. I got the Orange Glow which is killer. Not for everyone but I have traditional Les Pauls and this is truly eye candy. Of course I wouldn't rave about it if it didn't sound and play great which it does. The coil splitting is terrific and really captures that twangy sound of single coil pickups.

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      5.0

      Spectacular guitar!!

      By Wayvryder

      from Centreville, VA

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson Nitrous Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

        I LOVE THIS GUITAR!!! I had bought a used Les Paul Studio over 10 years ago. While it had great tone I found that the frets were too large for me (jumbo size), the weight was too much (like a cinder block around my neck) and the tuners had plastic knobs and did not keep the guitar in tune very well. While I knew I would miss that great Les Paul tone I sold that guitar with few regrets. I bought this guitar on Black Friday and I am so glad that I did. It is a gorgeous guitar with a Vibrant Red paint job and chrome hardware. The tuners work great, the neck is slim, fast and comfortable with regular sized frets. The overall weight is so comfortable it feels like you could play the guitar for days. The lighter weight does not affect the spectacular Les Paul tone from the dual humbuckers. The bridge pickup rocks hard and the neck pickup delivers a great, sweet tone. The fact that Gibson provided coil taps is icing on the cake - it makes this guitar so much more versatile. I have seen reviews that complain that the coil taps stick out too far. Really? It is not noticeable to me and even if they did stick out they will not get in the way of your playing this gorgeous guitar. I would recommend this guitar to any Les Paul fan. This model was a limited run is now discontinued so be prepared to see their prices rise once word gets out about what a great guitar this is.

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        5.0

        Awesome Guitar

        By RS

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gibson Nitrous Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

            I own multiple MIM Strats, an Epiphone Les Paul and a few Ibanez hollow body guitars, and this guitar is in another world of quality and feel. I have not had the guitar set-up, just replaced the strings for my favorites, but no complaints about it to begin with. Neck is wider than what I am used to but is thin enough to play comfortably. The weight distribution makes the guitar comfortable to hold and play at any angle or height. No the most expensive guitar in the world, but for an entry level Made in USA guitar I am impressed. The only flaws in it were some minor spots in paint that were just overlooked, not damage, just imperfections. Nothing I can't live with though and I'm pretty picky about aesthetics.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Guitar I've Owned

            By minnesotaslim

            from SW Minnesota

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson Nitrous Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

              My first LP, and I am really satisfied. Sustain, crunch, tone - all the things that LPs are known for are here. When this went on sale, I really thought I should buy because I was starting to see fewer and fewer of these available in all colors - I wondered if they are discontinuing this finish. I have bought a few guitars in the past few years and was never quite happy with them. I bought this to replace a lawsuit era Ibanez LP copy (a really good guitar, but showing some wear after 30 years)and know I have a better instrument now. Feel, tone, harmonics, classic humbucker sound - all here. No frills on a studio model, but I don't need frills. I may never buy another guitar. I am getting all kinds of great sounds through a Tweaker head.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              GET ONE NOW!

              By pioneersofdisaster

              from planet earth

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Like The Smell
              • Solid Electronics
              • Stays in tune

              Cons

              • Compared To What
              • Has A Pinch Of Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues
              • This One Can Do It All

              Comments about Gibson Nitrous Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

              I compared this to a top of the line epiphone.It blew the epi,all the way back to china.DO NOT LET ANYONE TELL YOU A MADE IN CHINA IS ANYWHERE NEAR,ITS NOT. and coming from someone that was never a les paul or gibson fan ,at that, means alot. sound is nice and soulful, ease of play is great for someone with hand issues,much to my surprise,does the metal and the clean.bang on right out of the box!!!had to fight with epi to get it to sound good, needed too many adjustments and for a slim heavy metal neck i found it more of a chore to play. I am pleasantly surprised,for the price, do yourself a favour, if you want a les paul, save some more and get a real gibson. I have no idea how it will stand up to the test of time,i have the feeling it will do fine

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              4.0

              Attention grabber.

              By Dawsonite

              from Tulsa

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Cant put it down
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • The Back Has Poor Finish

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Gibson Nitrous Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

              Nice looking, plays and sounds great, needs better preperation before applying finish.

              Comment on this review

              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Terrible!

              By WildNorth

              from Oakhurst, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                • Boat anchor

                Comments about Gibson Nitrous Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

                This Les Paul represents the epitome of what has happened to Gibson over the past two decades. Terrible selection of tone woods, paint blemishes, horrid factory set-up, improperly filed frets, etc.

                I purchased this with high hopes, but I was kidding myself. This guitar doesn't even come close in quality, playability and tone to my ESP Eclipse, or Hagstrom Ultraswede. Aside from several factory paint blemishes (runs in the paint), The action was so high that even after a truss adjustment I couldn't get it near where my other guitars are. The guitar resonated poorly, the frets hung over the edges of the fretboad (the wood on the fretboard is horrid). I could go on....but why?

                Save yourself the headache and look elsewhere.

                Comment on this review

                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                good guitar but not great for me

                By EMBGUITAR

                from Hilltown, PA

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                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Gibson Nitrous Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

                I wanted to love this guitar but it fell short in quality control. 2 dings on the neck were noticed right out of the box and another wood imperfection on the body. Knobs are approx. 1/2 inch off the body in normal postition and full inch when pulled out and hard to turn. Grover tuners seem sloppy at best wont even stay in tune after multiple stretching of the strings. I'm probably returning it "( .... Sad I am. Maybe i just got the lemon.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome Gibson!

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Church Services

                  Comments about Gibson Nitrous Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

                  I had a Gibson Studio in 2004 and sold it. This one plays much better, has Grover tuners. Much better finish. 60's neck. There's no comparison. Buy this while they are available. You won't be sorry!

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